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Somers story an important lesson in American history

By SETH GROSSMAN
Political Columnist

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”
– George Orwell, British journalist and author of
“1984” and “Animal Farm,” 1903-1950

In 1783, America won its independence from England after eight years of war. But our peace treaty with England got us into a new war with four Arab kingdoms (the Barbary States) on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa – Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.

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In District 2, all roads lead to Polistina

Here is an important potential political issue that before now I was unable to reveal publicly because my sources shared it with me in the strictest confidence for deep background purposes only. 

However, www.PolitickerNJ.com has recently broken some of the news and my well placed sources have now released me to be able to report about it.

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Keeping corporations out of politics abridges free speech

Every week, this newspaper publishes a letter or column that in some way attacks or ridicules people like me who believe in America’s “exceptional” 400-year tradition of individual liberty, limited government, and low taxes.

Several of them remarked that conservatives are for big corporations, and that Republicans even believe that “corporations are people.”

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Romney rises with selection of Ryan as running mate

Governor Mitt Romney's early selection of Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice-presidential running mate is paying fast dividends.

Multiple polls have been released over the past week in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. Romney leads the incumbent in all four key states. Should this pattern hold, and Romney wins all four of these critical states on November 6, 2012, he will be the next President of the United States.

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America’s greatness grew from liberty, low taxes and education

In 1776, “our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty.” They did it to preserve their special government and way of life that had evolved slowly in British North America during the previous 169 years.

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Boomers benefit from state’s Ponzi scheme pension system

The arrest of a 49-year-old retired Ocean City police officer for alleged unlawful contact with a 16- or 17-year-old female Ocean City beach badge inspector he supervised got lots of public attention last week. But published details about his pay and early retirement pension are also very disturbing.

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Rainforest wood still a bad idea for O.C. boards

It's back, like déjà vu all over again. Ocean City merchants and business people want to replace the Ocean City Boardwalk's “made in America” yellow pine with longer-lasting rainforest wood.

Boardwalk merchants have restarted what seems like an annual campaign. Not satisfied with helping to destroy the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, their suggested wood would come from an equally fragile and unsustainable rainforest in Guyana.

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Which is more important, protecting lives or civil service pensions?

On April 12, 2007, a little more than five years ago, then Gov. Jon Corzine was nearly killed when the big SUV he was riding in clipped the back of a white pick-up truck it was trying to pass, ran off the Garden State Parkway and slammed into a guardrail by mile marker 44 in Galloway Township.

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Obama can’t run on his abysmal record

There is mounting evidence that Barack Obama has had a second "Jump the Shark" moment.

Several weeks ago we wrote in detail about the meaning of "Jump the Shark." It's a reference to the popular television program “Happy Days” from the ’70s and ’80s. When the character Fonzie "jumped the shark," it was the beginning of the end for the iconic program.

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All parties can agree on going green

The Coalition for Peace and Justice and the UNPLUG Salem Campaign (nuclear power watchdogs) will be participating in the Town of Hammonton's fifth annual Green Day Festival, scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 on the grounds of St. Joseph's High School, 328 Vine St.

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When and why did we become ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states?

We have seen many minor departures from our civil liberties throughout the years. These maneuvers are done so gradually that most people never even realize it's even happening.

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The real danger is what the GOP will do if they win

By the time this week's Current reaches our readers, the Republican convention will be well under way, tropical storm or not. The forecast may well be for rivers of mud, not in New Orleans from the hurricane and rain, but in Tampa from many of the convention speakers continuing the Romney-Ryan basic campaign plan – when in doubt, toss mud at Obama.

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Let’s honor the memory of Peace Pilgrim by following her example

I know I have written about Peace Pilgrim in previous years, but I feel it is important to continue to recognize her legacy of peace. Friends of Peace Pilgrim will host the fifth annual Peace Pilgrim Celebration Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16. The theme this year is "Peace in Oneself; Peace in the World."

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Obama’s dirty tricks campaign masks ugly truth

I have maintained from the beginning that the Obama campaign and its allies would play dirty this election season. Another prediction has now come true. No bragging is required, because this one was a layup.
Obama can't run on his record, so this is the kind of campaign you can expect to see for the next 10½ weeks.

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NBC’s new reality show turns war into a game

It’s been more than three months since April Kauffman was brutally murdered and still only silence emanates from the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office. As reported by the Press, requests for hand gun permits in Linwood have soared, driven by the inability of law enforcement to arrest anyone in connection with this murder, as well as a reaction to the killings in Colorado and Wisconsin.

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Rescue Mission must be moved out of Atlantic City

It is imperative that we have an intellectually honest conversation regarding the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and the simple fact that it cannot remain in Atlantic City any longer. You simply cannot have the Rescue Mission located directly behind the Atlantic City Convention Center, or anywhere else in Atlantic City.

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Dostoevsky’s forgotten lesson about human nature

“I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I don’t consult a doctor for it, though I respect medicine and doctors. No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. I am well aware that I cannot ‘pay back’ the doctors by not consulting them, and that I am only injuring myself. But still, if I don’t consult a doctor, it is from spite. My liver is bad. Well let it get worse!”

–  Fyodor Dostoevsky, “Notes from the Underground,” 1864

 

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Republicans push to limit voter rights

I have to agree with the headline over Seth's column last week; that we need to do more than just vote if we are going to have any influence on the direction this country is going.

Actually, we have found that even 100 letters to an elected representative can be sufficient to change the representative's mind. That is why being active in local grassroots groups like the Coalition for Peace and Justice or Seth's Liberty and Prosperity, can make a difference. Writing letters to the editor, attending town meetings, being active, all are as important as voting.

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